Bulldogs Flawless In Doubles at Bulldog Classic
Oct. 5, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State men's tennis team opened the 2007-08 season with its annual Bulldog Classic on Friday at the Wathen Tennis Center. In the opening rounds of doubles competition, Fresno State won all five of its possible contests.
Sophomores Tejesvi Veerepalli and Mirko Zapletal were solid in both of their victories. The duo started with an 8-4 defeat of Barajas-Smith and Ching of Sacramento State. Then in the quarterfinals, the sophomore combination beat Dahan and Stewart of Cal, 8-4. Veerepalli and Zapletal are the No. 1 seed in top flight of doubles competition.
Freshman Denny Fafek and sophomore Taylor Leiby also got two good wins to start the tournament. They breezed past Gerst and Young of Cal Poly 8-2, then downed third-seeded Kildahl and Kuharszky of Washington 8-3 in the quarterfinals.
In the second flight, freshman Siddharth Alapati and sophomore Flavio Mollinedo were sharp in their 8-2 victory over David and Kuharszky of Nevada.
Zapeletal, the top flight's No. 1 seed, won his only match of the day in the round of 16, defeating Alexander Konigsfeldt of UC Santa Barbara, 6-2, 6-1. Zapletal faces Anton Stryhas of Sacramento State in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Fafek lost a tough three set contest to Sacramento state's Kiryl Harbatsiuk, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (6). Veerepalli also fell in the first round, losing to Chris Coetzee of San Diego 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Mollinedo opened with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Kristian Kuharszky in the round of 16 (Flight 2). Leiby won 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 over Chase Oliphant of Pacific, while Alapati downed Rob Foy of Cal Poly 7-5, 6-4.
The Bulldog Classic continues on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the Wathen Tennis Center.
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